We had the good fortune of connecting with Brie Lakin and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brie, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born and raised in Southern California. Growing up I spent the majority of my childhood as a competitive athlete in trampoline and tumbling as well as soccer. We practically grew up outdoors camping and surfing, the beach felt like our second home. This had a huge role on impacting the person who I am today and the things that I value most in life. Sports gave me an outlet to express myself creatively while also teaching me passion and resilience. I feel so grateful to have parents who continuously encourage(d) me to follow my dreams and did whatever it took to always find a way to make it work.

I try to bring as much of myself as I can into my photography by shooting subjects that inspire me and or resonate with the same things that I personally love to do. My intention with my work is to capture moments of pure joy and to encourage others to live their truth!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to think that my art is an extension of myself and I try my best to bring through the light in all of the subjects I work with. My favorite moments to document are candid ones of athletes, musicians, artists doing what they love most. We are all our own individual selves. Everyone has something special to contribute and no-one can replicate that, so as long as you are confident with who you are you will always be unique and radiant.

I am most excited about the future of my work and the amazingly talented people I will encounter along the way. Every job is exciting and new to me and I hope it stays that way forever.

This process hasn’t been easy and to be honest if I had known how hard it would be to get started I probably would’ve chosen a different career path haha. With that being said I am endlessly grateful for all of the things I have learned along this journey. Choosing photography has been the best decision I’ve ever made.

One of the biggest challenges I’ve learned to overcome is getting out of my head and trusting myself. I can attribute a lot of that to hypnotherapy, it has really done wonders for me and has taught me how to be more present and calm in the moment.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
First I would take us to Malibu to surf. Then we would grab lobster rolls down the street at Broad Street Oyster Co. INCREDIBLE. Have a nice cruise down PCH with the windows rolled down and music maxed baby! We would go for a sunset skate on the boardwalk in Venice and people watch. I’m not too familiar with the east side yet but would love to go explore over there too. I also would take them to my friend @christinascavuzzo ‘s yoga class in the park to get a little flow in at some point.

Food is major and I’m still discovering and learning about where the best places to go are but here are some of my favorite food spots on the west side:

Ela Greek Eats – (falafel bowl is so good)
Vegan Thai
Caravan Swim Club
Plant Food + Wine
Gjusta
Double Zero

Favorite coffee spots:
Sachi LA
goodboybob coffee in Santa Monica
Joules & Watts in Malibu

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
It’s so hard for me to dedicate a shoutout to just one person because there have been so many wonderful people that I am eternally thankful for who have helped me along my journey and to be honest it almost feels like it’s just beginning, which in retrospect sounds so crazy.

I am so so lucky to have the love and encouragement of my mom, dad, and sister. They have never been shy to express their opinions and I know I can always count on them to give me the realest truth whether I’m ready to hear it or not haha. They keep me grounded and are my number one supporters in life and I love them for that. My younger sister is also a creative and I am beyond inspired by her ability to push forward when things get heavy. She navigates life with the most incredible style and poise and doesn’t take shit from anyone, I’m still taking notes.

In the realm of my career I feel like there has been a magical trail of breadcrumbs that have been guiding me through to help connect me with the most amazing people who have been so open, helpful, and supportive. I have so much respect and love for everyone who has taken the time to share their knowledge with me and I vow to do the same. Special thanks to my good friend and mentor Jussi Grznar. He is an extremely passionate and talented photographer based out of LA who started his career in action sports and found his way into the commercial and fine art space. He has challenged me in ways to think more intentionally about my work and has opened my eyes to understand the technicalities of a job from start to finish.

Website: www.brielakin.com

Instagram: @brielakin

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/brielakin/

Twitter: @brielakin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/brielakin

Image Credits
Image 1: Makoa Ah Sam @makoaahsam for Nordic Retreats Image 3: Sarah @sarahhh.a.0 Image 4: Caitlyn Schrepfer @caitfreestyle Image 5: Jessi @thessicaaa Image 6: Chris Moore + Tiger @spleee_life

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